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dealfish

Line breaks: deal|fish
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪəlfɪʃ/

Definition of dealfish in English:

noun (plural same or dealfishes)

A long, slender silvery fish with a dorsal fin running the length of the body, living in the NE Atlantic.
  • Trachipterus arcticus, family Trachipteridae
Example sentences
  • It was handed over to the marine aquarium at Macduff where staff reckoned it was either an oarfish or a dealfish.
  • Dealfish live in the Western Indian Ocean around South Africa and in the Eastern Indian Ocean from southern Australia to New Zealand.
  • The dealfish are deepwater fish that usually reside out of reach of the average fisherman and are therefore rarely encountered.

Origin

mid 19th century: from deal2 in the sense 'board' (with reference to its shape) + fish1.

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